Friday, August 29, 2014

I Got Nothin'

Sorry, I got nothin'.  No project today.  I've got lots of excuses but no projects. 

I've been working on lots of new plans, ideas and projects for my blog, lots of changes coming, some you'll see sooner than others.  Some changes will be bigger than others.  But it all takes planning and figuring out how and what exactly I can commit to.  More on all of the upcoming (good) changes soon!

Plus, I've been gone from my stamping room all week.  Not even a moment to pick up some ink and stamp.  Here's how my week has gone, I'm the director of the art gallery at our church, this week an old show was taken down and a new one going up.  Taking down isn't the hard part, it's the putting up that consumes my days.  It's a lot of work, thankfully we only do it every 3 months :)  It's a lovely show this quarter though, if you're local head down to St. John's Cathedral, 318 Silver SW during business hours and check it out.  There's lots of great, affordable art!   

Because I'm a genius (not!) I scheduled Logan's 8 year well child check up this week--seriously!!  I don't have enough going on!?!  And Megan had her open house this week, which as a board member I couldn't miss.  So it's been, shall we say, slightly chaotic this week!  I had hoped to stamp yesterday afternoon, but I spent most of the afternoon watching silly kid shows with the kids while trying to fight off a cold.  I've felt a little off all week, blamed it on allergies from all the new stuff that's growing thanks to New Mexico's recent rainfall and being sleep deprived from the gallery work (none of which helped I'm sure!).  Thursday morning I woke up feeling icky...I couldn't blame it on allergies anymore.  I spent most of the day trying to get rid of this bug before it got worse or before it spread! 

Hopefully I'll be back with it on Monday (can't promise anything!) and have a fun project for you in the meantime our Holiday Catalog went live yesterday.  In all my gallery hustle and bustle I lost track of dates.  You can check out the catalog here, or just head to my website to start shopping
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Button Challenge


I'm always up for a stamping related challenge, so when this one came up I jumped on it.  Really it wasn't a challenge someone asked me to do, just one I did on my own thinking it would be fun, and it was!!!  It all started last week when I was following some comments on my friends SU Facebook page, eventually the challenge ended up being making a card with only cardstock and buttons, no stamping.  Well obviously a greeting is ok, but no stamping in relation to the button, that meant, the button couldn't be on top of a stamped flower, etc.  So there I was, what to do!!??!
I did another card, it wasn't approved, there was stamping, so this was my second card.  I LOVE this card!!  Simple and fun!!  For the holly leaves I used my XL Oval punch then my 3/4 inch circle punch, I went around the edge of the oval and punched half circles out all around until I was left with a holly leaf.  The buttons are the Vintage Faceted Buttons, colored red with my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.  I worked and worked on what to add on my buttons-----I don't do naked buttons----EVER!!!  Nothing looked right, so I left them naked.....bare........EXPOSED!  This is a HUGE moment.  Luckily for me, since the buttons are colored it's harder to tell they're actually buttons and not just fun, red, accents.  So I was able to get over my {gulp} naked buttons.  But in the end I followed the rules, I made a card only using cardstock and buttons.  Whooohooo!!!  I'm still waiting for my prize from my challenger.......you know who you are :)
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thank You X4


Since I've been embossing almost every card I've made lately I thought I should invest in the colored embossing powders Stampin' Up! sells.  I LOVE THEM!!!  I thought to show you I'd make the same card, in ever color---that I bought anyway :)  I made four of them, they're all exactly the same.  I love them, they were easy to mass produce, you could whip up a stack of these thank you notes in no time!!! 
First up is Pool Party and Crushed Curry.  Normally I'm not a huge fan of Crushed Curry, but how can you not love it when it's heat embossed!!!!?!!  Like I said the cards are all done the same, I used the Chevron Background stamp set and embossed the chevrons on the White Cardstock. I knew I was only going to need that one side embossed, so that's all I inked up!  No wasted embossing powder.  Just ink where you need it!  That is a really fun slogan :)  I used my Big Shot and my Large Polka Dot folder to dry emboss a coordinating piece of cardstock.  I love the look of the polka dots with the chevrons.  So cute!!!   
Next we have Blushing Bride and Cherry Cobbler.  I used the same greeting on all of them and kept with the monochromatic color scheme and used white embossing powder on vellum.  To adhere the vellum to my card I cut it an inch longer than I needed it and then scored it 1/2 inch on each end so that it wraps around each piece of cardstock.  Then it's adhered in the back and you can't see the adhesive. Plus it looks so cute wrapped around!!!  When you emboss on vellum, make sure you hold your embossing tool off to the side until it's really hot, then move it around on the vellum, until everything is melted, if you hold it in one place too long you'll scorch your vellum, that's also why waiting until it's really hot is good too, the embossing powder will melt sooooooo fast!  Finally I added a Silver Glimmer Paper heart.  So cute!!!!  These cards were all quick and easy, and FUN!!!!  Do you have a favorite color......??????
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Thousand Thanks


I'm on such an embossing kick lately.  I just stocked up on most of the embossing powders, especially the colored ones, so I think you'll see lots of embossed cards in your future :)  I do believe though that embossing is the biggest 'WOW' technique ever!  It doesn't matter if you've been stamping for 20 years or 20 seconds, when you see the powder melt into stamping magic, it's pretty cool!!!!  Every time I emboss something I'm always amazed at how great it looks!!!  This card is no exception!  There's LOTS of gold embossing on this card!!!  I knew I wanted a lot of gold on this card, but I wanted a little color in there too, I've never met a color paired with gold that I didn't like, but I knew I wanted a softer, not so overpowering color, I went with Lost Lagoon.  I stamped the splatter, from Gorgeous Grunge with Lost Lagoon, then put it away, everything was going to be embossed!!  I used the stripes from Gorgeous Grunge as well, embossed of course along with my greeting from Lots of Thanks. 
For the stars I considered using gold paper, but I wanted the stars to really matched the embossed look and texture of the greeting and stripes so I embossed a scrap piece of white cardstock in gold (just press you Versa Mark pad over a piece of cardstock and cover with embossing powder) and punched out the stars with my star punch from the Itty Bitty Essentials Punch Pack.  For the solid gold line above the greeting, that's just a scrap from the piece I embossed and punched the stars out of.  I also covered the edges of my cardbase with versa mark and embossed in gold as well.  This really doesn't use as much embossing powder as you would think.  Now I didn't cover the entire piece of cardstock, you're only seeing the outside edge, so really the base of the card is only embossed about 1/2 inch in, around the entire card.  Embossing powder seems to last forever!!  Plus it gives that same gold look and texture throughout the entire card.  This card is GORGEOUS!!!!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Grateful

I love the layers on this card.  There's so many fun layers, this is one of those cards that really look better in person.  There's so much going on, but it all goes together so well!!!  I started with 3 pieces of DSP all from the Color Me Autumn DSP, it's in the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  You don't have to wait much longer it goes live this Thursday, August 28!!!  The pieces of DSP that I choose look like solid pattens but when you look at the 12x12 piece it's such a fun pattern, there's lots going on.  I glued them all together on a scrap piece of white, you'll never see it so it can really be a scrap piece, you could also just use printer paper.  It's just something to hold all the pieces of DSP together.  I stamped and embossed the flower from the Too Kind set.  I used Clear embossing powder, but it didn't really give me the look I wanted to I took some Sahara Sand ink and my sponge and sponged the ink over it.  The Sahara Sand worked great in this case, it's not an overly dark color and it has the habit of blending well into it's environment.  Sahara Sand seems to work with EVERY color, it's kind of the chameleon of the inking world.  It was the perfect color to really bring out those flowers yet not mess up the DSP.  It worked great!!! 
 


To bring in more of that Sahara Sand color I cut out some scallops with my Striped Scallop Thinlit and attached just one line of scallops to the bottom layer.  I added the greeting from the For All Things Stamp Set, in the Holiday Catalog, with some Memento Black Ink.  This is the ink that works great with our Blendabilities but I love the clean, smooth look that you get with this pad.  It's my new go to black!  Finally to finish the card, I added more layers of cardstock and some Cotton Ribbon tied off with some Linen Thread.  I love this finished card.  I wish the photos did it justice, in person the layers and embossing really stand out! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Paper Pumpkin....So CUTE!


If you haven't signed up for Paper Pumpkin, you NEED to!!!  The kits are amazing.  I was blown away by last months, this month is awesome too!!!  If you haven't subscribed make sure you do here by September 10, you can get your first 2 months for 50% off!!!  Use the code HALFOFF2 and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).
This month's kit had really cute cards and envelopes.  There were 4 mini cards with matching envelopes, aren't they stinkin' cute!!!!  I love these, they're the perfect size for lunch box notes.  I'm really excited about them!!! 
The stamp set that came with this month's kit is really cute, it has lots of great greetings and that sweet little polka dot that stamped on all the cards.  The cards are printed on the outside with those awesome stripes, and the envelopes were so easy to put together! 
In addition to the 4 mini cards and envelopes, and stamp set, and Hello Honey Ink there were 4 full sized cards also with envelopes!!!  I love these die cut cards! There were also banners in the kit to stamp your greetings on.  Also included was brads and linen thread for the envelopes and some beautiful, sparkly pink sequins!!!  EEEK!!  I love those!! 
In addition to all that you're seeing now, there's so much left, I have tons of banners left, extra die cuts, there's so many extra pieces!!!  The kits are incredible, I can't wait until next month!!!!  Remember you only have a couple weeks left to get the kits for 50% off the first two months!  Don't wait sign up today!!!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!! 




Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hogs And Kisses


Today is Logan's birthday, he's 8 today.  How time flies.  For the kids cards I always try to do fun cards that they'll enjoy.  I had this thought for a pig and originally he was going to hold a birthday cake and the inside would read something like 'it's your birthday pig out', or something along those lines.  Well the days past, we got busier, time got away and well, then we're hours away from his birthday and making a pig holding a cake seemed more time consuming than I could handle.  So I started searching Pintrest for other pig cards with pig puns, I'm not sure why I was still stuck on the pig.....But then I came across this card made by Kristina.  I loved the greeting on her card, so I quickly printed it and started my card, it says "Birthday Hogs and Kisses".
The little pig couldn't be easier, he's just a selection of circle punches, his body is the 2 inch, his ear is the 1 1/4 and his nose is the 3/4.  Ears are the points of the new Sweetheart punch. and finally his legs are the Pansy Punch.  Couldn't be easier!  I used Blushing Bride cardstock then sponged it in Blushing Bride and Chocolate Chip.  I wanted the look like he had been playing in the mud.  The outside of the card is made to look like a barn.  It was quick with scraps of Real Red. Sponge in Chocolate Chip and you're done!    
I put him in a window and used a little spring on his bottom.  So when you open the card he's got a wiggly pig bottom.  I think Logan will just love that.  He has a very generous tail :)  The card is a 4x4 card.  It will fit in a regular envelope, but making one would make this card extra special.  I hope Logan enjoys his birthday card and his day. 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nutty Or Nice?




This stamp set is in the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  I was instantly drawn to it.  I think this little nutcracker guy is so cute.  There's also a Santa in the set, he's cute too!!!  I knew they would be perfect to use with my Blendabilities.  If you're a fan of mine on Facebook you saw a little bit of this card on Sunday when I was making it.  Megan was stamping with me, I asked her what she thought of my card she said, "Welllllll, it's pretty good. But I'm not sure about that weird guy on it." She cracks me up sometimes!!  The finished card is a 5x5 card.  So I would need my handy Envelope Punch Board to custom make a matching envelope.   A couple other sneak peeks on this card: the sequins, they come in a package with snowflakes, they're so pretty!!!  The star embossing folder-LOVE IT!!!
The mustache on this guy and on Santa coordinates with the mustache framelit.  I never knew I needed it until this stamp set came along :)  I didn't use the framelit to cut this mustache out, I wanted a really close cut, so I just cut it with my scissors this time.  I love the look the Blendabilies give.  Just the right shading, so fun!!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Two More


I have two more birthday cards from my Birthday Card Stamp A Stack class over the weekend.  When I do this class I always *try* to do a masculine card.  Sometimes that doesn't work out :)  I love this card though.  We used the painters tape technique.  If you haven't heard of this you take a strip of painters tape (you could also use Washi tape, but you end up throwing the tape away so why waste the Washi!!!!), with your strip you place it, sticky side down on the pad, then place it on your cardstock.  Pull up the tape and see the ink that's left behind.  Isn't that the coolest thing ever!!?!?!  Every time you do it, it will be different.  So fun!!!  After we did that twice, once in Crumb Cake and once in Marina Mist, we stamped the birds from the Wetlands Set (my go to guy set!).  So fun!!!
Finally this last card could be used for a masculine card or for a childs birthday.  I was inspired to do this card based on a card that I received from my friend Carmelita (she took some cards to convention for me and swapped them!).  One of the cards I received back, made by Sharon Denison, was the card I was inspired by.  Isn't this one cute!!  You could easily make a whole bunch of these in a million different colors!!!  The balloon is the largest Oval Framelit, the bottom of the balloon is the heart from the Itty Bitty Essentials Punch Pack.  I love this card!!!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Birthday Cards


Did you enjoy last week and all the wonderful Blendabilities ideas???  I did!  While all that was going on, I was preparing for a class I had over the weekend.  It was my Birthday Card Stamp a Stack.  I do this class at least once a year.  I think I've done it twice this year.  It's always a hit.  We ALL know people that have birthdays, it's nice to have a large supply to go to.  Here's the first two we made.  My guests got to make 8 cards, 2 each of 4 designs.  8 cards can take a while so the cards were simple and easy to mass produce!  There's nothing more frustrating than being stuck on a card for a long time, much less 2 cards!  This first card we used the Work Of Art Stamp Set.  I'm loving this set, it's so fun and one that you need in you stash of stuff!!!  It's become my go to set!!  I used the Crumb Cake notecards for this card and I pulled out some colors from the Subtles group, So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party.
There's lots of layers on this card, but it's easy to put together.  The star framelits and DSP make this card go quick!  We used the All Abloom DSP stack.  It's a beautiful DSP stack!!!!  A quick greeting on the bottom and a sneak peek at the new stars embossing folder and this card is done!!!   I have the last two cards to share tomorrow.  Check back!!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!